There’s Now a Bible for Minecraft Fans

No, really. The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters: A Children’s Guide to the Old and New Testament comes out next month:



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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 38: David Niose, Author of Fighting Back the Right

Our latest podcast guest is David Niose, author of the new book Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason.



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Colton Burpo: Even Though That Other Kid Lied About Going to Heaven, “I Stand By My Story”

Now that Alex Malarkey has admitted that his 2010 book The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven was fictional, another “Heaven-goer” is rushing to defend the genre.

In a statement posted to his website, Colton Burpo, the subject of Heaven is for Real, says that his story is totally true:



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Christian Author of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven Recants Story, Saying “I Thought It Would Get Me Attention”

We’re used to hearing stories about children with Christian parents who, facing some tragedy, “go to Heaven” and then come back to tell us all about it. Colton Burpo, the subject of the late-2010 book Heaven is For Real, is perhaps the most famous example. (Dr. Eben Alexander wrote a similar sort of book, Proof of Heaven, in 2012.)

But before both of those books went viral, there was the story of Alex Malarkey, the subject of the mid-2010 book The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven:

Here’s the description of the book, published by Tyndale House:

In 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year-old son, Alex, suffered an horrific car accident. The impact from the crash paralyzed Alex—and medically speaking, it was unlikely that he could survive. “I think Alex has gone to be with Jesus,” a friend told the stricken dad.

But two months later, Alex awoke from a coma with an incredible story to share. Of events at the accident scene and in the hospital while he was unconscious. Of the angels that took him through the gates of heaven itself. Of the unearthly music that sounded just terrible to a six-year-old. And, most amazing of all… Of meeting and talking to Jesus.

Last year, something weird happened. Alex’s mother Beth wrote on her blog that she basically disowned the book. It wasn’t just wrong on the theology; it was exaggerated:

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Oxford University Press Tells Authors Not to Mention Pigs or Sausage in Books to Avoid Offending Muslims and Jews

This is what happens when your fear of offending religious sensibilities goes too far:

Top academic publisher the Oxford University press has issued guidance that authors should avoid using pork-related words.

Today Programme presenter Jim Naughtie, who is married to writer Eleanor Updale, said: “I’ve got a letter here which was sent out by Oxford University Press to an author doing something for young people.

“Among the things prohibited in the text that was commissioned by OUP was the following; ‘Pigs (plus anything else which could be perceived as pork.’”

He added: “Now, if a respectable publisher tied to an academic institution is saying you’ve got to write a book in which you cannot mention pigs because some people might be offended, it’s just ludicrous. It is just a joke.”



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